Breaking even with Arkush


On his first Scottish visit since being elected Board of Deputies president, Jonathan Arkush met Glasgow and Edinburgh communal leaders and SNP politicians.

He also took part in a vital fundraiser for Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, whose president, Paul Morron, said the proceeds helped the organisation to balance its books.

"We used the stimulus of his visit to Glasgow to raise several thousand pounds," Mr Morron said. "We've done a great deal of work over the past 18 months which has to be paid for and the reception means that we will break even this year, rather than making a significant loss."

But it was also important for the community to meet Mr Arkush. "We are a big community and the farthest away from London. Therefore, these visits are important."

Mr Arkush additionally dropped in on Glasgow Maccabi, Jewish Care Scotland, Newark Care residential home and Edinburgh University during an "intense and productive" two days.

"I saw a vibrant community with outstanding facilities and a visionary leadership. Regional communities face challenges, but with sound leadership and a readiness to adapt they will continue to be a vital part of Britain's Jewish life."

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